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Putting Knowledge to Work

From climate change to water quality to growing demand for organic produce, Vermont agriculture faces challenges that also bring opportunities for innovation and growth. UVM Extension is ready with programs to help farmers diversify their businesses, and to advance the local food movement. And we’re ready to protect water quality by promoting best practices in nutrient management.

Private support is critical to advancing research on promising new crops, developing youth leaders and engaging with people to build stronger, more economically viable communities. Through Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont, we’re inviting alumni and friends to invest in the people and programs that will strengthen these efforts statewide. Join us.

Student Support: $150,000

Having interns in fields, communities and businesses statewide expands UVM Extension’s reach while also enriching the experiences of UVM students. Internship support would provide stipends that allow students to work in all corners of Vermont. In addition to working on farms, interns may develop a marketing plan for a community-based enterprise, create an online presence for a local grocery store or help with logistics for a farm cooperative. 

Food Systems: $4 million

UVM is recognized as a national leader in food systems, a study encompassing everything from soil and water quality to overall food and energy security. Our national Food Systems Summit brings together hundreds of scholars, farmers, scientists and business leaders to discuss issues like climate change, and our Food Systems Initiative has supported more than 140 research projects since its inception in 2010. To keep our leadership position, we aim to create both an endowed chair and a professorship in food systems that will bring new research and ideas into Vermont that can be applied in any community across the country.